This Is Fifty-three

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About the author:
Kevin J. O'Conner (53) is not your typical poet.

He has not won poetry awards or contests, earned an MFA, taught writing in colleges or workshops, attended writing retreats, studied under writers of reputation, or been published in an ever-growing list of journals.

His early influences were not poets, but songwriters.

He prefers the direct over the decorative, both in language and presentation.

Kevin's working method combines monthly writing challenges with writing every day (or as close to it as possible). Initial feedback comes from posting each day's best (or least horrible) poem to his blog, and reading at open-mic events. This approach disqualifies the poems from being considered for publication in most journals, making self-publishing the order of the day. To date, Kevin has published seven collections of poetry (which he also designed); the latest is This Is Fifty-three, which is available as a full-color art edition with photos and graphics, and as a stripped-down edition containing just the poems. He has also published two volumes of 'love notes' to the days of the week, 'Dear Monday...' and 'Dear Tuesday...'

When not writing poetry, Kevin can be found copy-editing documents from far-flung places, attending open-mics, designing books, taking photographs, and making large quantities of soup. He lives near Seattle with his two feline companions, Lucy and Trixie, who bear the names of 1950s sitcom characters only by coincidence.

This Is Fifty-three

(Just the Words, Man)

Authored by Kevin J. O'Conner

This collection of poems is an exploration of living with uncertainty at a time when we’d normally expect most of life’s big questions to have been already answered. It is also an exploration of form and craft. In my poems, I have continued to try out different forms and styles in order to stretch myself as a writer—more specifically, to make myself write about different things by making myself write differently. At times, I have even been successful in this goal. The end result, for better or for worse, is an honest portrayal of me at age fifty-three. —Kevin J. O’Conner, August 2016. This is Fifty-three is Kevin J. O’Conner’s seventh collection of poems—and his most ambitious to date. It follows 2014’s Separation Anxiety and Journalism, 2015’s The Imperfect Document, Quiet on the Outside…, and Refusal to Remain Invisible, 2016’s Coffee Stains, and the experimental journals ‘Dear Monday…’ and ‘Dear Tuesday…’

Publication Date:
1536961191 / 9781536961195
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 8.5"
Black and White with Bleed
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / General

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